Discovery Through Design
The School of Industrial Design at Georgia Tech focuses on design solutions that are based on research. We think that adds a fundamental element to the end user's experience of the objects we design. That's why we offer students and faculty the facilities to conduct this research.
We currently offer students the opportunity to participate in three different academic labs, access to College of Design and industrial design-led facilities, as well as assistantship possibilities in affiliated College of Design research centers and labs.
Our labs are run by School of Industrial Design professors and tied to both our undergraduate and graduate programs. Over the course of lab-related studios, students have access to the latest and emerging technologies to enable design discovery. Often they collaborate with peers in mechanical or biomechanical engineering in our labs. Additionally, students are often introduced to industry professionals as they take part in sponsored lab projects or present the results of their research.
Our students can take part in these academic labs:
Interactive Product Design Lab
This lab focuses on smart technologies and student collaboration (undergraduates through Ph.D.) between designers, engineers, and computer scientists. Wearable technology is a feature of this lab's work, with emphasis on the importance of product concept and audience. Half of the time in the lab is spent on storytelling and figuring out how to communicate the use, value, and meaning of a product to users of that product. The prototyping facilities of this lab come in handy when researchers incorporate models in their communications.
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Body Scan Lab
This lab studies the body shape variations of individuals and global populations in order to create better fitting products that improve the quality of human life. Research includes creating design tools for the human body using high-resolution 3D scanning, free-form CAD software, and digital manufacturing methods. Faculty and students are encouraged to use our scanning facilities and equipment for developing their own body fitting and creative design projects.
GM Human Machine Interface Lab
This lab is an interdisciplinary group including students from industrial design, computing, psychology, mechanical engineering and other engineering fields. Research here imagines the future of transportation design and specifically human-machine interaction -- imagine it, prototype it, create it, and test the efficacy of it. A real-world driving simulator allows for easy and rapid change control points and surfaces to test ideas. Students who join the lab can expect a track involving all majors, progressing through learning-by-doing, from basic to advanced skills.